Thigh pain is a very common problem. It is a pain experienced in the area between the hip joint and the knee. The pain may be felt in the front of thigh, back of thigh, inner or outer side of thigh. Sometimes the pain begins in the back or hip joint and shoots down the thigh. The pain intensity varies from mild to moderate. The pain can be severe enough to cause difficulty with movement like walking, climbing stairs and running. In some cases the pain appears all of sudden while in others it has a gradual onset. The pain may be intermittent that comes and goes or it can be constant. Homeopathic remedies for thigh pain work well in cases of mild causes but are not recommended in serious causes like deep vein thrombosis.
It can arise from various causes. Firstly it can arise from an injury or trauma to thigh as from a blow, fall. Next reasons are muscle strain or muscle damage / tear, sprain (overstretching or tearing of ligaments that connects bones to other bones), an overstretched or torn tendon that connects muscles to bones) and tendinitis (inflamed tendons). It can also arise from repetitive stress or overuse of muscle of thighs like from strenuous exercise, work out and physical activity that involves thigh muscles. Another reason is a sedentary lifestyle where a person remains in a sitting position for prolonged time and doesn’t engage in any physical activity or exercise. This causes harm to muscles resulting in pain. Next cause is pain from nerve involvement like irritation or damage of nerves. It can happen in case of peripheral neuropathy that commonly occurs from diabetes. There is a condition related to nerves called meralgia paresthetica that can cause pain, numbness, tingling, burning sensation in the outer area of thigh. It occurs from damage, compression or pinching of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve. Some other medical conditions that can cause thigh pain includes fibromyalgia (a disorder in which widespread musculoskeletal pain occurs which is attended with weakness, sleep problems, memory issues and mood issues), various type of arthritis (joint inflammation) and deep vein thrombosis (a blood clot in the vein of leg that carries a risk of breaking off and travelling to lungs, heart or brain resulting in life threatening condition requiring urgent medical help). Apart from above it can arise if the blood flow to legs is decreased, femoral stress fracture (break in the thigh bone medically known as femur), infection of the thigh bone, and Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome (in this pain occur on outer side of thigh due to irritation from overuse or repeated stress of iliotibial band which is a thick fascia that runs down the outer side of thigh).
A person may experience some other symptoms along with thigh pain depending on the cause behind it. Firstly there may occur stiffness in thigh or cramping in thigh. Next numbness or tingling, pricking sensation can be felt in the thigh. There may also be a burning sensation felt in the thigh. Another symptom that can accompany is weakness in thigh muscle.
Homeopathic Remedies for Thigh Pain
Homeopathic medicines are very effective to manage cases of thigh pain. These medicines offer relief in thigh pain by targeting the root cause behind it. These medicines gradually reduce the intensity of thigh pain. As the reasons behind thigh pain are variable it is advised to start any medicine after diagnosing the cause behind it. In case of mild causes these medicines prove helpful. But in case of serious causes like deep vein thrombosis and in case a person have weakness in leg, numbness in groins, loss of control over urination or stool, unable to bear weight on affected leg, have fever, or have swelling then urgent help from conventional mode of treatment is recommended.
Rhus Tox – Leading Medicine for Thigh Pain
Rhus Tox is a top grade medicine for managing thigh pain. It is one of the best medicines when the pain arises from straining the muscles, tendons or ligaments of the thigh. For using it there may be drawing or tearing pain in thighs. It is also indicated for cramps in the thighs mainly at night time. Next, it is indicated for pain in the whole left lower limb most marked in the back of thigh. This is a drawing or burning type. Apart from above, the tensed feeling in the hip joint extending down to left thigh is also indicative of its use. Lastly, pain specifically in the middle of thigh on the outer side can be managed with it.
Bryonia – For Drawing Type of Pain
It is a natural medicine prepared from the root of the plant Bryonia alba having common name wild hops. This plant belongs to the family cucurbitaceae. It is beneficial to manage drawing type of pain in the thighs. Next it is well indicated to help cases having pain in the front (anterior part) of the thigh. The pain may extend from lower back or hip to front of knee where it is required.
Colocynth – For Right Side Pain
This medicine is prepared from the pulp of the fruit of a plant named Citrullus Colocynthis or Bitter Apple. This plant belongs to the family cucurbitaceae. It is useful when there is pain in the right side thigh. This is worse when standing. It is also worse when walking. Along with this there occur stiffness of muscles of the thigh. The muscles and tendons of the thigh also feel too short. Mostly the nature of pain is drawing type in cases needing it. Apart from above it also offers help in case of cramp in the middle of the thigh of the left side. It is also one of the best medicines when the pain from the back radiates down the thighs.
Gelsemium – When Thighs are Sore to Touch
This medicine is prepared from the bark of the root of plant Gelsemium Sempervirens commonly known as yellow jasmine. This plant belongs to family loganiaceae. It is well indicated when the thighs are sore to touch along with pain. For using it the nature of pain is a violent lancinating type. Other than this it is also suitable medicine for treating drawing or crampy pains in thighs extending into toes. This is worse on motion or walking.
Guaiacum – For Tensed Feeling in Thigh with Pain
It is prepared from gum resin of a tree Guaiacum officinale having the common name Lignum sanctum. It belongs to family zygophyllaceae. It is an effective medicine when there is tensed feeling in thigh along with pain. The muscles of thighs feel short with this. It is worse when sitting. A pressing sensation and crawling, tingling are also felt with this. The last indication to use it is pain that begins in the middle of the thigh and extends to the knee.
Agaricus – For Thigh Pain on Crossing Legs
It is well indicated medicine for persons having thigh pain that occurs on crossing legs. Heaviness in thighs attend it. The tendons of the thigh feel stretched. Next it is prominent medicine for electric stitching type of pain in the front side of thigh. It also works well when there is drawing in the thigh that extends to the knee.
Berberis Vulgaris – For Tearing, Shooting Thigh Pain
It is prepared from the bark of the root of plant Barberry. It belongs to the family berberidaceae. It is a valuable medicine for managing tearing, shooting pain in the thigh. Other than this throbbing in the thigh is also indicative of its use. Another symptom indicating its use is stitching pain in the thigh while sitting or walking. A sensation of icy coldness in spots may be felt in the thigh along with pain.
Phytolacca – For Pain in Outer Side
This medicine is prepared from plant Phytolacca decandra commonly known as Poke root and Red Ink Plant. It belongs to family phytolaccaceae. It works well in case of pain in the outer side of thigh. The nature of pain for using this medicine is shooting, pressing, aching or drawing type. It is accompanied by weakness and desire to lie down. It also offers benefits when there are tearing pains in the thigh on standing.
Silicea – For Pain in Thigh Bone (Femur)
It is a beneficial medicine for managing pain in the thigh bone or femur.
Persons needing it feels as if the thigh bone is beaten. The pain is felt when walking, sitting, lying. It is also helpful medicine for thigh pain which is shooting, drawing, tearing, pricking type.
Calcarea Phos – For Pain on Inner Side of Thigh
Use of this medicine is considered when the pain is present on the inner side of thigh. The pain is usually sharp. It is worse when walking.
Soreness is also there along with above symptoms. Another characteristic symptom for using it is shooting pain radiating from left thigh to knee or even to ankle in some cases.
Dulcamara -When Pain gets better while Walking
It is prepared from fresh green stems and leaves of plant Solanum dulcamara having the common name woody nightshade and bitter – sweet. It belongs to family solanaceae. Its use is done when the thigh pain is better when walking. Persons requiring it have drawing or tearing pain in thighs. It is worse when sitting. Dulcamara is also a significant medicine for managing pain of drawing nature that extends from small of back to thighs.